National Song Competition 2017!
Lookout for this great opportunity to put your creativity into practice. National Song Competition 2017!
Each year, the National Celebrations Commission strives to highlight Belize's rich and unique cultural heritage through the numerous events held to commemorate our national celebrations. One such event is the National Song Competition which was created to provide professional and amateur musicians with the opportunity to create and showcase their original pieces. The goal of the competition is to promote artistic expression, national pride and Belize's diverse culture.
The competition was created to give both professionals and amateur song-writers and performing artists an opportunity to showcase their original pieces on a grand stage. It comprises of two categories:
- A Belize Song Competition which should be an original song reflecting a strong Belizean identity, flavor and rhythm and should inspire a sense of national pride and unity. It should evoke a blessing or celebrate the history, traditions and diversity of the Belizean Culture.
- The Carnival Song Competition should be an original song which will be used for celebratory purposes during the September Celebrations and throughout the year.
It is open to all Belizeans both juniors and seniors. Groups of persons or individuals may enter but will be treated as one entity. Entries will be judged based on: Audience Appeal, Musical Arrangement, Vocal Quality, Lyrical Content and Stage Performance.
WINNERS will receive cash prizes as follows:
Senior Division 1st Place - $10,000 and a trophy (this includes a music video and an opportunity to represent Belize in the Region) 2nd Place - $3,000 and a trophy
Junior Division 1st Place - $4,500and a trophy (this includes a music video) 2. Place - $1,000 and a trophy
We will also award the following:
- People's Choice for the most popular song
- Breakout Artist of the Year
This year the National Celebrations Commission will include a Youth Music Development Program that will feature vocal training, song writing assistance and production development for the Junior Section of the National Song Competition.
The National Celebrations Commission is sending out a call to musicians, performing artists and songwriters (juniors and seniors) to submit their songs in the National Song Competition 2017.
Song writers and Performing Artists are invited to register for the competition by downloading the registration form at www.nichbelize.org or contacting their House of Culture Coordinators or email at [email protected] or call 227-2110/2458 Bliss Centre for more information.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:
FRIDAY, JULY 21st, 2017 AT 5:00PM
FINALS: SATURDAY, AUGUST 12., 2017 TO BE DETERMINED
BZ SONG/CARNIVALSONG. JUNIORS & SENIORS
For more information contact: National Song Competition. Bliss Centre. Southern Foreshore. [email protected] Telephone: 227 2458/2110
The September Celebrations, in 10 Words or Less
The September Celebrations Committee is also calling for submissions for the theme for this year’s festivities which include the Battle of Saint George’s Caye as well as Independence Day. Entries are invited from persons living here in the jewel or overseas. But there are only two weeks left to present your entry so if you are interested get your creative juices flowing and your pen and paper ready.
Neil Hall, Communications & Marketing Officer, NICH
“This is a contest that is going out not only locally, but internationally. We are asking for every and anyone, if you have an idea as to what you would like to be the theme for the two hundred and nineteenth anniversary of the battle of Saint George’s Caye and the thirty-sixth anniversary of Belize’s Independence to send it in. The only stipulation is ten words or less and your submission deadline for that one is Friday, June twenty-third.”
For either submissions, entries can be emailed at September Celebrations at Gmail dot com or you can deliver them to NICH office on Rectory Lane in Belize City or any of the Houses of Culture across the country.
Can Your Belize or Carnival Song Win National Competition?
It is that time of the year to spring into action for the September celebrations. A highlight of the month-long activities is the song competition which seeks to promote artistic expression, national pride and our rich ethnicity. NICH has issued a call for submissions to artists, rookies as well as professionals to enter their original work. There are two categories: The Belize song competition which focuses on the Belizean identity and a message of patriotism and the other on carnival, which is a more upbeat piece to be featured during the celebrations as well as the rest of the year. Deadline for submissions is weeks away in July. Neil Hall of NICH explains.
Neil Hall, Communications & Marketing Officer, NICH
“We are looking for two songs this year. We are looking for a Belize song as well as a celebration song, a carnival song. We are asking for every and anyone who has interest to please submit their entries as quickly as possible simply because the deadline for submissions for the songs are the twenty-first of July. Remember after they are submitted we need to go through a selection process to ensure that they have the right sound and they are conveying the right message. We are asking for seniors and juniors as there are two different categories. We are asking for if you are a master performer or a novice; someone who simply has a great idea, great voice and has put together something that you think would be suitable to make a submission so that we can go through it. You never know, you might be the winner.”
For the seniors, the first place is ten thousand dollars and second place is three thousand dollars with trophies. For the juniors, it is four thousand five hundred dollars and a thousand dollars, respectively for first and second place. Both first place winners get a music video directed and produced by NICH.